Watch: Will Ferrell, Eddie Vedder, Chad Smith cover 'Personal Jesus' for charity

On Monday night, Will Ferrell and his real-life doppelgänger, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, joined forces with Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Brandi Carlile for “One Classy Night In Seattle.” The charity event benefited Cancer for College, a nonprofit that provides scholarship money to students who have survived cancer.

As reported by The Seattle Times, the comedy/music supergroup — which Ferrell named after Judy Blume’s classic young adult novel, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret — was rounded out by a rhythm section that included Carlile’s bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band. Together, they performed covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire”, The Rolling Stones’ “Sway”, Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, and R.E.M.’s “So. Central Rain”.

The best moment of the event, however, came towards the end of the evening when Ferrell introduced a special guest, Seattle’s “local, homegrown kid” and McCready’s Pearl Jam bandmate, Eddie Vedder, who walked on stage for a hair-raising cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” and did nothing more but display his skills on the tambourine while Carlile handled the vocals! The icing on the cake of course, was when Ferrell walked back on stage mid way through the song with his signature cowbell gag. Check out the fan-shot footage below:

Ferrell and Smith have forged a friendship dating back to their epic drum duel on The Tonight Show four years ago and subsequent rematches at charity events. Recently, Chad Smith jokingly stormed off stage after a heckler noted his much-publicised resemblance to actor Will Ferrell. Moments after the fan dared to shout Ferrell’s name at him, Smith immediately departed with a shout of ‘SHUT UP!’ before eventually returning to confront his chief heckler.

With such a star-studded line-up, “One Classy Night In Seattle” has set the bar for the most power-packed charity performance of the year. So U2 better up its game and roll out a guest list that outdoes this one!

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